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Biological production of organic compounds

United States Patent

March 13, 2018
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Methods of producing ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol are disclosed herein. Ethylene produced by cyanobacteria engineered to express ethylene-forming enzymes may be converted to ethylene oxide by bacteria engineered to express a monooxygenase enzyme. Ethylene oxide may be converted to ethylene glycol by exposure to an acidic solution. The methods may be performed in a bioreactor.
Yu; Jianping (Golden, CO), Wang; Bo (Golden, CO), Paddock; Troy (Wheat Ridge, CO), Carrieri; Damian (Denver, CO), Maness; Pin-Ching (Golden, CO), Seibert; Michael (Lakewood, CO)
Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
15/ 054,868
February 26, 2016
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN The United States Government has rights in this disclosure under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.